Island Press News


Washington, D.C. (November 25, 2014) — The real estate industry in America is at a crossroads: within a generation, most nonresidential properties will either be redeveloped or abandoned. In his new book, Foundations of Real Estate Development Financing: A Guide to Public-Private Partnerships, Arthur C. Nelson explains how timely redevelopment can...



Washington, DC (November 24, 2014) — From the Jersey Shore to New Orleans to Galveston, communities struck by natural disasters struggle to recover long after the first responders have left. We are used to believing that a catastrophe begins when the natural disaster strikes—but these events are actually symptomatic of underlying, chronic community problems, say the authors of Planning for Community Resilience....



Washington, DC (November 18, 2014) — As the American West continues to face a dire water crisis, leading water rights and policy experts Peter W. Culp, Robert Glennon, and Gary Libecap offer an outline for water reform. Their new e-book, Shopping for Water: How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West, produced in conjunction with the Hamilton Project at Brookings...



The reviewer wrote, "Pragmatic, idealistic, poetic, and humane, Lerner's book is both a primer and a manifesto on the necessity and indispensability of the metropolis."




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Utne Reader offers an excerpt highlighting how evolution and vaccines interact.



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During his North American tour, Jaime Lerner talked with the Toronto Star about why mobility is more important than car use.



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Jaime Lerner talked to architecture critic John King about San Francisco, offering wisdom like, "A ritzy building is like a strong perfume, too much. The attention should be the city."



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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2014) — Island Press is excited to announce the acquisition of paperback rights for Dan Fagin’s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The paperback edition of the book with a new afterword by the author will be published on April 7, 2015.


Widely reviewed and praised, Toms River has been called “a new classic of...



Advance praise for Unnatural Selection:


“Disturbing but fascinating...bright, clear, and accessible prose...A concise book with a powerful message.”


“Clear, precise prose….deft analogies…just the right book to give to a friend or family member who thinks that evolution has little to do with day-to-day practicalities.”

—Los Angeles Review of Books





Emily Monosson spoke with Salon about rapid evolution, antibiotic resistance, and how chemicals are shaping our world.



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